Hints of Great Things to Come: Wisdom from 25th Annual Experts’ Tasting

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I'm sitting at a table with one of Niagara's top young winemakers, one of the country's leading experts on viticulture and vine biology and half of the duo that lent their names to a now world famous wine brand in 1993 and helped transform the industry. What's extraordinary is that my table isn't exceptional—every single… 

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April Wine Events

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Although it doesn't look and feel like spring outside, one sure sign that the weather will soon turn for the better and match the season on the calendar is an increase in the number of wine events. So to get you in the spirit and hopeful nudge mother nature in the right direction we've put… 

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Life Lessons from Fergus Henderson & St. John

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A great meal isn't really about food. Although it certainly helps, it needn't be exceptionally delicious, fancy or even paired with something good to drink. What truly defines a great meal is the unparalleled enjoyment that happens when you bring kindred spirits together to break bread. The outside world fades, allowing you to share anecdotes,… 

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Cuvée 2014: A Snapshot of Ontario’s Evolving Wine Scene

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One of the interesting side effects of the Cuveé format change, which began last year and continued again this year when the gala was held in early March, was that it forced winemakers to pick a favourite child. Luckily, that tough decision resulted in a great opportunity for attendees, participants and fellow invited media guests…. 

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The Synergy of Craft Beer and Cheese

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Cheese is one of the world's great foods. The range of aromas, flavours, textures that good cheesemakers can achieve help make it one of those rare foods that can easily stand on its own and also elevate a great dish into something truly spectacular. But while that breadth and star power make it a gastronomic favourite,… 

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Cuvée 2014 Preview Guide

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Over the past 25 years Cuvée has built itself into the premier event for celebrating Ontario winemaking excellence. This Friday the Fallsview Casino Resort will host the 26th Cuvée Grand Tasting Gala and it promises to continue the event's proud tradition as Niagara's primer celebration of local wine.

Jack Astor’s Winter Fling Festival

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Over the last eight weeks, Jack Astor's has invited their customers to "have a fling" with craft beer. The idea is that Jack's drinkers are faithfully married to a national brand and would never leave (think of the kids), but they might want to branch out a bit. The chain of over three dozen bars… 

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